Saint Mary’s (Cal) 70, Portland 43
Rob Jones had 12 points and 13 rebounds and Saint Mary’s
defeated Portland 70-43 on Thursday night to give the Gaels at
least a share of the West Coast Conference title for the second
The victory snapped a two-game losing streak for Saint Mary’s
(24-5, 13-2), which dropped out of the national rankings with
losses in three of their previous four games. Clint Steindl
finished with 15 points.
Nemanja Mitrovic had 14 points for the Pilots (6-22, 3-12), who
have lost four straight and 10 of their last 11 games.
Portland went up 14-11 early after Mitrovic’s layup and free
throw. But the Gaels responded with a 9-0 run capped by Matthew
Dellavedova’s layup that made it 20-14 midway through the first
Saint Mary’s pulled away from there, leading 35-18 at the half.
The Gaels led by as many as 31 points in the second half.